Traffic: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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except for the tracks from Morcheeba ,Krudorf and Dorfmiester and Fatboy Slim this cd plays and classifes as an ambient cd. The tracks I mentioned seemed really odd on this compilation and ruin the atmosphere of the cd. Like some other reviewer pointed out, it's like putting a Roxy Music track on a Brian Eno cd.
If you want to get into ambient music, this cd is a great introduction. As a film composition it ranks vert highly up there for its use of subtleties and arrangements.
I would buy this CD for the last track alone. "Ascent(an ending)" by Brian Eno is also the last track in the film. It is so beautiful and moving in its simple brilliance that it would be a major sin for a music lover to pass this track by. There are no words for this music done by Brian Eno. The closest it comes to is like memories you have. it's a kiss, a speckled raindrop, a passing light, a baby's eyes.
Great films almost always have a memorable score.. and Traffic is no exception. The has several tense and emotional moments where nary a word is spoken. Instead, we're treated to wonderful ambient soundscapes courtesy of Cliff Martinez.
His music manages to stir emotion, yet remain unobtrusive throughout the film. Standouts include "Helicopter", "La Cagaste", and "I Can't Do This." This is great thinking music, and while most tracks are on the short side (2 to 3 minutes) I can listen to some on repeat for hours.. they're that good. Guests include Herbie Hancock, Flea, Fatboy Slim, Kruder & Dorfmester, and Brian Eno.
Whether or not you're a fan of electronic music, you'll most likely enjoy this one. One of 2000's best pictures also has, in my opinion, one of 2000's best scores. Highly recommended...
This is great music to work to, although there's a lot of bass hanging around that may prove a distraction at volume. As with several of Brian Eno's CDs, you can play this at several volume levels. I've appreciated it in the office at a barely perceptible volume -- so that pieces drift in and out of your awareness, and colleagues in adjacent desks don't hear it above the sound of the air-conditioning.
To extend this CD to 72+ minutes, the last track contains several minutes of total silence, until we get a brief soundbite from the movie dialogue.
Robert Rich is one of the early pioneers of dark ambient music. If you enjoyed Martinez's score, check out Robert Rich's "Numena" and "Gaudi" (Matinez's "Helicopter" sounds very similar to Rich's "The other side of twilight"). Both of these recordings were made in the early '90s, but you would never guess this when listening to them.
Also, Rich teamed up with another dark ambient recording artist, Steve Roach, on "Soma" and "Strata". Both of these recordings are excellent. In addition, Steve Roach has released a number of excellent CDs, "Magnificent Void", "Artifacts", "Origins", etc. - I could go on forever.
In short, if you like the work of Martinez (i.e. Traffic), check out Robert Rich and Steve Roach. These two artists will open a world of music to you that most people don't even know exists.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most interesting movies I have every watched. I can watch Traffic all the time. I like the music etc. This movie is so good. It is about drugs etc.Published on January 30, 2013 by Susan Nettles
This one was another accidental find that pleasently suprised my musical pallet. This is one of those soundtracks that make you WANT to see the movie if you havnt seen it before... Read morePublished on May 21, 2008 by Q. Pair
Judging by Martinez's expanding line of soundtracks he is fast becoming a master of setting the aural scene. This movie rides on the music. The music is superb. Read morePublished on December 27, 2007 by Joseph I
An excellent product. I especially appreciate the liner notes for cuts 14 thru 18. The inclusion of cut 13 that was omitted from the movie is also a nice touch.Published on February 13, 2007 by Aaron Baker Cole
Perhaps the obvious influence that Michael Mann has over Traffic's director and cinematographer Stever Sorderbergh is not limited to the visuals, but also to the music chosen to... Read morePublished on December 8, 2003 by Manny Hernandez
One of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. The movie was fantastic, no question about that. But the soundtrack really made the movie.Published on September 14, 2003 by Amazon Customer
this soundtrack is awesome and i especially like the Brian Eno song at the end. great soundtrack for a great film!Published on December 31, 2002
this is a wonderful soundtrack and I recommend it to anyone who loves relaxing music!Published on December 6, 2002